HDTV Studio For Ireland’s National Film School

IADT Studio Install2


Established in 1997 and home to 2,500 students, Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design & Technology (IADT) is a tertiary facility located in greater Dublin, Ireland. There is a strong emphasis on creative arts and media at the Institute, although other courses are also offered. IADT offers students excellent technical facilities, including TV and radio studios, digital video editing and photographic studios. Ireland’s National Film School is based on campus.


In 2013, leading broadcast services specialist Gravity Media – then branded Gearhouse Broadcast – won a contract to design, supply, install and support a state-of-the-art HDTV facility at IADT.

Specifically, the new turn-key facility would feature two separate studios, and would be utilised by Ireland’s National Film School.


From planning and project management to design, installation, commissioning, technical support and on-site training. Gravity Media’s Systems Integration team handled this project wholly.

The team’s approach saw it focus on the provision of high-tech solutions that were flexible, reliable, and cost-effective.

The larger of the two studios was fully equipped with five Hitachi SK-HD1200 multi-format 1080p/3G HDTV broadcast cameras channels and Fujinon HA23 x 7.3BERD HD studio lenses. These cameras were set up to be hot-swappable between the two studios as needed.

The second, smaller studio was kitted out with a FOR-A VRCAM2 Sensor-less Virtual Studio System, including an HVS-390HS 2 M/E mixer with the option of accepting data from a Vinten 430i and Quattro SE encoded head and pedestal.

Gravity Media also supplied an ARRI ALEXA camera with ARRI Alura 35mm zoom lenses and three Sony CineAlta 4K Prime lenses.

The production gallery housed a Sony MVS 6520 2 ME Vision Mixer, a Grass Valley K2 Dyno Replay System, Harris routing and Glue, and multi-viewers, whilst the audio control area was set up with a Studer Vista 1, 32 channel audio mixer and an edit station utilising Avid Nitris DX. The audio workstation was designed to behandled by an Avid Pro ToolsHDX system.


Completed in good time and within budget, the studio complex was opened at an official ceremony held on Tuesday, 26 November 2013.

Commenting at the time, Kevin Fitzgerald, sales manager at Gearhouse Broadcast said, “We’re essentially delivering a full TV channel infrastructure, meaning that the studio could easily be dry-hired to broadcast clients when not in use. This project demonstrates the experience and technical expertise of our Systems Integration division to address our customers’ needs and deliver a bespoke and cost-effective solution.”